Look and feel
NetEnt Slots has excelled in conjuring up a rich atmosphere for this slot. It will have you captivated right from the start, from the brief manifestation of a tiger spirit on the loading screen to the animated examples of how the features work. Begin the game and your screen is filled with the lush plants and flowers of a deep rainforest, illuminated with golden shafts of sunlight shining through the leaves. Vines trail over the five-reel frame, which seems to be supported by the trees and bushes, while iridescent butterflies and fireflies hover lazily in front of the reels. If this is not enough to transport you, the butterflies and insects scatter for cover each time you spin the reels, only to return again when the symbols have settled into their lines. The soundtrack is as rich as the graphics, with the exotic bird calls echoing in the trees creating a backdrop for percussive, suspenseful music.
The music of Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild is not dissimilar in a way to that of IGT's Siberian Storm Slot Free, which also includes wild tigers amongst its symbols; however, this is where the similarities end. While Siberian Storm's diamond-shaped reels set it apart visually, its free spins are a traditional feature and the stacked wilds make up for the lack of an off-screen bonus feature.
The overall mood and atmosphere of this slot is a cross between realism and mystery. The higher tier symbols depict near-photographic quality artwork of animals and reptiles, while the lower tier symbols are styled in the fashion of the ruined temples of ancient civilisations.
The first feature Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild boasts is the Symbol Expansion. Watch the symbols closely as they fall in, as some may be illuminated by circling butterflies in the lower left corner. Any of the symbols except the scatter could be marked with butterflies and if one happens to fall into a winning line, it will expand to cover an entire reel for extra wins.
Next is the Butterfly Boost feature. Triggered randomly, the butterflies will settle on and expand up to three symbols to make a guaranteed win. Each expanded symbol will cover a full reel.
The Free Spins feature adds an extra row to the reels, increasing the number of wins to 1,024! Trigger the free spins with the waterlily scatter symbol; in addition, if you get four or five scatters, you could land 15 or 50 times your bet earned during the free spins. There is an extra twist - before the feature begins, you will be presented with a pool of water from which five stone columns protrude, each with a statue of an animal. Each animal represents a free spins option, each with a different number of free spins. The tiger offers you four free spins, the elephant gives you eight, and the bear, crocodile and cobra award you 12, 16 and 20 free spins respectively. The animals offering fewer spins are the higher paying symbols, so the higher the risk, the bigger the potential reward!
Again, the quality of the animation stands out in this feature. As you select an animal, it is as if you have released its spirit from the stone and onto the reels. Your chosen animal becomes the only upper tier symbol on the free spins reels and the expanding symbols feature still applies, which can lead to some impressive wins.
Speaking of wins, here is a quick look at what each symbol will award:
The tiger is the highest paying symbol, coming in at 150 times your stake for five of a kind and going down to 80 and 50 times for four and three of a kind respectively. Next, the elephant - five of these will win 100 times your bet, while four will get you 60 and three will yield 40 times. The bear will award 80 times, 50 times and 30 times your bet for five, four and three of a kind. Then comes the crocodile, winning you 70 times your bet for five, 40 times for four and 25 times for three. Finally, five cobras will bring in 60 times your bet, four will give you 30 times, and three wins you 20 times.
The lower tier symbols are the ace, king, queen, jack and ten playing cards. Unusually, they all have the same payout - 30 times your bet for five of a kind, 20 times for five of a kind, and 10 times for three of a kind. It is worth noting that although their payouts are the same, the symbols are not interchangeable on the winning lines.
In addition to changing your settings for the coin value and size of your bet, it is fun to fiddle with the sound effects. You can select any combination of ambient music, sound effects and background nature sounds, which makes you appreciate the attention to detail that has gone into making them. We think it is best to have them all switched on, if only to enjoy the fantastic music and sounds that play when you hit a mega win!
All in all, Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild is somewhere between medium and high variance and is rewarding when the wins do come in. The maximum win is 1,825 times your bet per spin on the main game, but this increases to a potential 7,678 times your bet for each spin during the Free Spins feature.
This is a beautifully crafted slot from NetEnt. The visuals and sounds are amazing and the features won't fail to entertain.
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